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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-21

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination: A controversial but necessary tool for public health

School of Public Health, AIPH University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

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Dr. Paramjot Panda
School of Public Health, AIPH University. Bhubaneswar, Odisha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JIMPH.JIMPH_5_23

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BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a global health crisis, with over 6 million deaths and over 500 million cases reported as of February 2023. Vaccination is a critical tool for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting people from severe illness, hospitalization, and death. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This paper reviews the evidence on the safety, appropriateness, and effectiveness of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination. The paper also discusses the ethical and legal considerations of mandatory vaccination. RESULTS: The available evidence suggests that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The vaccines have been rigorously tested and have been shown to be safe for most people. The vaccines are also highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. Mandatory vaccination is a controversial issue, but it may be an appropriate tool for protecting public health during a pandemic. Mandatory vaccination can help to ensure that everyone is vaccinated, which can help to stop the spread of disease and protect the most vulnerable members of society. CONCLUSION: The evidence suggests that mandatory COVID-19 vaccination is safe, appropriate, and effective. Mandatory vaccination may be an important tool for protecting public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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